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Georgian Orthodox Church Music


This course in Georgian Orthodox Church Music will provide participants with an introduction to this rich and vibrant musical tradition. The course will focus on developing the fundamental skills necessary to perform Georgian Orthodox Church Music, including sight-reading, vocal technique, aural skills, and knowledge of chant traditions. Participants will also learn about the historical, cultural, and regional context of Georgian chant, and gain an understanding of its different schools and styles, namely the Kakhetian, the Imeretian, and the Gurian. Through participation in choir performances, chant in the context of liturgical worship, and individual study, participants will develop a strong sense of musical expression and cultural authenticity and an appreciation for the role of Georgian Orthodox Church Music in the cultural and religious heritage of Georgia. The course will take place in a supportive and immersive learning environment, allowing participants to fully engage with the music and the broader cultural and liturgical context in which it is rooted.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will demonstrate:

  • the ability to understand the basics of Western staff notation, and to collectively perform selected pieces with expression and accuracy
  • development of proper vocal technique and mastery of the melodic and rhythmic nuances of Georgian Orthodox Church Music, with an emphasis on expression, collaboration, and cultural authenticity
  • knowledge of the historical, cultural, religious, and regional context of Georgian Orthodox Church Music, and an understanding of the different schools and styles of the music and their place within the larger cultural landscape
  • the ability to participate in the performance of Georgian Orthodox Church Music as part of a choir, and to appreciate the role of the music in the cultural and religious heritage of Georgia


The course is adapted to the participants’ musical experience, and the progress depends on the participant’s ability to read and understand music.



Students are expected to participate in all course activities, both by being present and playing an active role in scheduled course sessions, and by completing assignments to be done outside of scheduled lessons. If participants miss lessons, they may be required to do extra assignments in order to fulfill the participation requirements of the course. 80% attendance and participation (including completion of assignments) are required for the course to be considered to have been completed.

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Quick Facts

Length: 1–2 years

Study Pace: 25%

Teaching Hours: Daytime, certain weekends and evenings
Type of Instruction: On-campus
Language of Instruction: Georgian and Swedish
Location: Campus Danderyd (Petruskyrka)

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.